1. Pay it Forward Incentive Resources (PiFIR)
PiFIR is an investment in human capital; it provides high-school students with a mentor that has experience in leadership and business. Collaboration between Helen Bader Foundation and NFI will advance the empowerment and stability of youth in low income communities.
The influx of leaders and role models in the community will provide a much needed example of success for the youth. PiFIR’s main objective is to pair a high school student with a mentor who has the knowledge, skills, and abilities to guide them over the course of his entire high school career to set him on a path of independence, pride, and service for his community.PiFIR will be the means to keep professionals paired with Milwaukee youth who would otherwise have few opportunities to engage community leaders. Each mentor will receive a paid incentive in the form of student loan repayment or personal debt relief.
The individuals that receive the compensation provided by the PiFIR program will be subject to various and measured forms of assessment to ensure effectiveness and accountability.
2. Small Business Pay it Forward Incentive Resources (SB-PiFIR)
SB-PiFIR is an investment in human capital; it connects undergraduate students with a small business mentor that has experience in operations, management, program development and or implementation, etc. In exchange for teaching students valuable workforce skills the small business will receive compensation in the form of a business loan repayment.
This model facilitates community transformation, taps into the power of entrepreneurship, and empowers the small business world while concurrently connecting students to the world of work. Ultimately, this investment gives the small business world the human capital needed for development which brings viable growth to blighted communities as it improves: the tax base, housing, access to quality education and health care, etc.
3. Workforce Boot Camp
Workforce Boot Camp Initiative directly addresses challenges facing the workforce needs of the community’s lower socioeconomic status neighborhoods. NFI seeks to utilize the knowledge- base of STRIVE® International’s CORE program for implementation and technical assistance. The CORE program, is STRIVE’s soft skills attitudinal and job readiness training model. This model facilitates personal transformation, taps into the power of self-affirmation, and changes lives while concurrently connecting residents to the world of work.
The NFI goal of reducing generational poverty aligns with the STRIVE® mission of transforming lives. The Workforce Boot Camp will target chronically unemployed, the formally incarcerated, at-risk young adults, recovering addicts, the homeless and near homeless, public assistance recipient, and the working poor.